Peace and Justice

PeaceI live in the Twin Cities, about 10 miles from where the George Floyd murder happened in May 2020. The ensuing violence and looting was frightening and sad.

In mid-July 2020, a friend asked me if I was interested in joining a group called “In Solidarity” to study and learn more about race relations. I jumped at the chance! It has been quite a learning experience and so far, this list has been our discussion materials:

  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo and Michael Eric Dyson
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  • 13th movie – documentary about the 13th Amendment
  • All In: The Fight for Democracy – documentary about Stacey Abrams
  • Seeing White podcast
  • Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

While I have often said, “Peace and joy,” now I’m say, “Peace and justice!” As a culture and world, we have a long way to go, but I am hopeful as I’m watching nine white women transform, recognizing there are men and women all across the country doing this important work, as we heal this deeply embedded issue.

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Every musician’s home now has sound equipment!

microphone in front of packed roomWhen the pandemic “hit,” many musicians’ businesses were turned upside down. It took some time to figure out if and how we could become viable again. Zoom to the rescue! (Zoom is a videoconferencing platform – now used by millions worldwide.)

The only problem is the harp doesn’t sound very good on the Zoom platform. (Zoom is set up for speaking voices, not musical instruments.) After extensive research, we decided to invest in sound equipment. And as usual with technology, one thing led to another!

First, it was a condenser microphone/stand/cable, then the iRig interface from the mic into the computer. Next, was a lapel mic so you can hear Tami and finally, ear buds so she can hear you. As Tami worked with her vendor, his business was booming! And guess why … every musician’s home now has sound equipment! Overnight, the musician’s world changed … yes, we are a resilient and flexible people because we continue to be passionate about offering our musical gifts and services to the world.

You can decide for yourself if you approve our sound on Zoom. Contact Tami at tami@musicalreflections.com or 952-829-1919 for details.

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Virtual Bedside Vigils

hospital[1]Tami Briggs lives in Minneapolis, MN and is now offering virtual hospital and hospice bedside vigils via Zoom. She is a therapeutic harpist and has her certification from the International Harp Therapy Program. Tami has played at the bedside of hundreds of hospital and hospice patients. Benefits and possible outcomes of harp therapy include:

  • Creates a calming environment in homes and for hospital/hospice patients, families, visitors, and staff.
  • Allows hospital patients and families to focus on something hopeful and beautiful to distract them from pain and suffering.
  • Nurtures people in time of physical and/or emotional pain.
  • Vibrates and penetrates body tissues and cells to facilitate healing.
  • Provides positive sensory stimulation.
  • Provides palliative care for hospital and hospice patients in transition.
  • Improves physiological effects, such as relaxed muscle tension, increased oxygenation, slower heart rate, lowered blood pressure, etc.

If you are interested in this unique service offered by Tami, please contact her at tami@musicalreflections.com or 952-829-1919.

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Meditation in the New Year

MeditationAre you ramping up your meditation practice since the New Year? Here’s one idea to bring in more love and light … and don’t forget to turn on your favorite harp music before you start:

  • Close your eyes. Take a deep, slow inhalation breath through your nose. And move your gaze or focus to your third eye (between your eyebrow and at the center of your forehead). Envision light streaming into you.
  • Exhale through your mouth and move your focus to your heart.
  • Repeat the first two bullet points very slowly with deep breaths.
  • Each time you go into your heart, expand the good feelings. Envision love, appreciation, peace, gratitude and joy.
  • This is Light and Love.
  • Continue to connect to yourself, the community around you, as well as the world at large.

You can do this meditation any time you need to connect with something that is bigger than yourself. Happy meditating!

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Happy New Year!

2021At Musical Reflections, we bring you a “Happy New Year!” greeting. We know so many people in 2020 who struggled in several different ways. We have high hopes that 2021 will be much better … may it be so!!

We love working with intentions and usually select one “focus” word as the new year is ushered in. The word we selected for 2021 is “health” … for obvious reasons! Whether it is stress reduction via harp music or the BioMat as a complementary healing product, we enjoy sharing our healthy line of products with you. To learn more, contact us at tami@musicalreflections.com or 952-829-1919.

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Musical Reflections wishes you Happy Holidays!

Happy HolidaysIf you need a last-minute “stocking stuffer” holiday gift, now’s the time … Musical Reflections is happy to help! Ideas for your loved ones include:

From Musical Reflections, may your holidays be blessed with love, joy and peace. Happy Holidays!

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Our Gift to You – Video “The Gift of Christmas Peace”

Christmas PeaceThe video, “The Gift of Christmas Peace” is back by popular demand! We love sharing it with you to help bring peace and serenity throughout the upcoming month of holiday preparation. Featuring the beautiful song, “Pachelbel’s Canon/The First Noel,” serene winter scenes and an inspirational written message, it is our gift to you this special holiday season. To watch, click here or go to this YouTube link.

Also, feel free to share with your family and friends … our goal is to bring calm and comfort to you and yours during the upcoming month … enjoy!

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Musical Reflections wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy ThanksgivingThe U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving is coming soon! It is one of our favorite holidays. How about you? It is less stressful (and frankly, less work) than Christmas/New Years. And more importantly, it is a time of gratitude, thankfulness and appreciation. We love to reflect what we are most grateful for from the previous year:

  • Our customers – that’s YOU!
  • CoVid gave us the opportunity to discern about what’s the “next generation” of our work/business. Stay tuned for exciting new launches coming soon!
  • We also love our “sister businesses” – the BioMat and Young Living essential oils. We love these products personally and enjoy sharing the benefits with those we serve. It’s a win-win!
  • We have loved working with our therapeutic harp lesson students. These students already know how to play the harp, but want to learn more about playing at the hospital and hospice bedside. What a joy and honor to work with them!
  • Every time someone signs up for our new on-line course called “Sounds of Healing for Wellness Professionals,” it brings us joy! We love sharing our content in this unique, cutting-edge format.

Since Musical Reflections’ inception on May 21, 1999, we have been passionate about offering various products and services to contribute to your healing journey. What an honor! We are so grateful … Happy Thanksgiving!

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Election Day!

VoteToday is Election Day in the U.S. of A.!! While every election day feels important, this one is likely the most significant in our lifetime … be sure to VOTE today (if you haven’t already done so).

We will be hosting a virtual Peace Meditation from 1-6 p.m. CST. A select group of our friends will be in meditation throughout this time. I’ll play harp songs throughout the afternoon to keep our vibration high, as we hold space and intention for the Highest Good for our country and the world. It is a very powerful experience to be in community with this awesome group! At 6 p.m., we will meet in a local restaurant and then return to our respective homes to watch happy election results on TV … hopefully!

Again, PLEASE VOTE!!

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More Thoughts on Zoom…

Zoom LogoIn the last blog post, I discussed using Zoom for presentations/performances. And frankly, my somewhat negative experiences using it for those purposes.

On a more positive note, where I have seen Zoom work very well:

  • My therapeutic harp lessons – I have been working with students who already play the harp, but are interested in learning more about playing at the hospital and hospice bedside.
  • Virtual harp therapy – I wrote about this in an earlier blog. I am excited to offer this as a virtual healing modality and the opportunities are endless … around the globe!

So, CoVid-19 has blessed us with many changes and using technology, specifically Zoom, in some beautiful, unique ways. I am grateful to be here at this amazing time in our human evolution! If you are interested in additional information for either of these, I look forward to connecting.

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